April 8, 1998


Image of today's outrage

“I have been a socialist since I was twelve.”

— Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems. She received $80 million worth of Cisco stock when she was bought out in 1990. She now lives in a 40 room mansion on a 800 acre estate in Virginia.

“African chiefs were the ones waging war on each other and capturing their own people and selling them. If anyone should
apologize it should be the African chiefs. We still have those traitors here today.”

— Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on President Clinton’s proposal to apologize for slavery in America, which ended over
130 years ago.

“Joseph Stalin would have been proud of it.”
— Democratic Congressman Sam Gadjenson

“The process is just truly an unbelievable outrage.”
— Republican Congressman Christopher Shays.

Both Gadjenson and Shays were commenting on the manner in which Republican leaders blocked a popular bipartisan campaign finance reform bill. House speaker Newt Gingrich strictly limited debate time, prohibited amendments and required a two-thirds majority vote on the bill.

“If it were me that had documented personal conduct along the lines of the president, I would be so filled with shame that I
would resign. I believe he is a shameless person.”

— House Majority Leader Dick Armey

“If goofy ideas ever got to $40 a barrel, I want the drilling rights to Dick Armey’s head. He just comes up with these goofy

— Clinton advisor Paul Begala commenting on Armey’s remarks above.

“Have a nice day.”

— President Bill Clinton when asked by a reporter to respond to Armey’s remarks.

“The great promise of America is that everyone gets to compete on a level playing field – and let the best man or woman win. …Our leaders have decided that we cannot wait — that we must move certain classes of officers ahead of those who have outperformed them. I abhor that decision with every fiber of my being.

Unfortunately our commandant is accelerating us headlong down the path of political correctness. Primary consideration in selecting officers for assignments are now gender and race.”

— Retirement speech of Captain Paul J. Prokop, who retired from the US Coast Guard after a 32 year career.

“I was taking allergy medicine.”
“I was sleepy, very sleepy. Plus, I was very dazed by the accident.”
“Plus, how am I supposed to walk a straight line with my recurrent knee injury.”
“Plus, I’m overweight. I put on a lot of weight in the off-season and it makes me unstable.”
“The police arrested me to cover up their own negligence.”

— All of the above are reasons given by Boston Red Sox outfielder Mo Vaughn for crashing his pickup truck into an abandoned car that thousands of other motorists had driven by without incident. Vaughn failed eight sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer when he was arrested for drunken driving. When asked to recite the alphabet, he couldn’t get past the letter “P”.

Which of the above quotes is most Outrageous?

Use the Rageback section below to cast your vote.

-Sandy Lerner quote from the “Washington Post”.
-Quotes regarding Dick Armey comments, campaign finance reform and Captain Prokop’s retirement are from the “Washington Times”.
– Vaughn quotes are from Dick Reilly column in “Sports Illustrated”.

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